Today, MobileIron, a leader in the mobile device management space, has given the world an early holiday present in the form of MobileIron 4.5, a platform that provides the highest level of security on the largest amount of Android (News - Alert) devices currently on the market. This preemptive strike comes at a time when enterprises need help in preparing for the introduction of a large amount of Android phones in 2012, both corporate and employee owned.
Some of the innovative offerings powered by MobileIron 4.5 are: Android 4.0 security; encryption enforcement policies for Samsung (News - Alert) GALAXY devices and all other devices running Android 3.0 and above; fully secure SSL VPN connectivity; Exchange account configuration with certificates; a single Android client for all devices; prompt notice when Android administrative privileges are removed; and hardware lockdown which enables IT to completely disable hardware capabilities through MobileIron, according to a press release.
Additionally, through teaming up with Samsung, the mobile device management solution integrates security and control neededwith specific demands from end-users. MobileIron, along with the Enterprise SDK powered by Samsung, offers users multiple security capabilities for Android such as the ability to set encryption policies, configure Exchange account configurations with certificates, and automate restrictions for camera, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Also, due to the fact that the company has teamed up with Cisco (News - Alert) AnyConnect, this mobile device management solution can allow users to benefit from an enterprise VPN experience.
“Companies are feeling increasing pressure to let their workers use the device of their choosing also known as BYOD. In the U.S., around two thirds of MobileIron's customers already let at least some workers bring their own device to work. As the company's 1,200+ customer base starts moving some percentage of users to bring your own, that set of devices starts to look more representative of the consumer mix. Android is the most widely used smartphone OS in the U.S. MobileIron has found that almost 50 percent of its customers are doing Android deployments but many are just testing the phones by deploying only a handful. That indicates that companies are trying to figure out how to manage Android phones in preparation for allowing more workers to use them,” Adam Stein (News - Alert) of MobileIron commented.
Jamie Epstein is a TMCnet Web Editor. Previously she interned at News 12 Long Island as a reporter's assistant. After working as an administrative assistant for a year, she joined TMC (News - Alert) as a Web editor for TMCnet. Jamie grew up on the North Shore of Long Island and holds a bachelor's degree in mass communication with a concentration in broadcasting from Five Towns College. To read more of her articles, please visit her columnist page.
Edited by Rich Steeves